Name Josh Smith & Bre Smith
When did you start CrossFitting…
Josh –January 1, 2013 (New Years resolution)
Bre – 10 months ago!
Josh – Helen or Mr. Joshua
Bre – 16.1
Least favorite wod…
Josh – Tommy V.
Bre – 16.3
Josh – OHS
Bre – OHS
Least favorite lift…
Bre – Thrusters
Tell us bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military interest etc..)…
Josh – Born and raised in SE Nebraska (GBR). Went to Ft. Lewis College, then got my engineering degree at CSU. I’ve been in the Air National Guard for 15 yrs. I met Bre at a CU vs. CSU game – shirtless and shot gunning a beer at 8am (me, not her)…love at first site I’m told. We’ve been married for 5 yrs and have 2 wonderful and tiring boys, Kyson(4) and McKaden(2).
Bre– I grew up in Castle Rock and we finally got to move back here last year to raise our family. I used to teach 5th grade at Soaring Hawk elementary and quit 4 years ago to stay at home with my two boys (ages 4 and 2). Now I teach online courses through Regis University.
What were you doing before CrossFit..
Josh – Getting fat. I used to work hard in short bursts (usually 6 months) and have great results. Then I’d get bored. Failing a military PT test was my wake up call.
Bre – Before Crossfit, I did stroller strides, (bootcamp type workout with kids in the stroller). I did this for a year and then became a stroller strides instructor and couldn’t ever find time for my own workouts, until I found Crossfit.
What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout…
Josh – THAT SUCKED!!… What time is class tomorrow?
Bre – I loved it! I loved the intensity and the competition
What were your goals when joining CrossFit…
Josh – Be less fat. Honestly, I still had a short term outlook and just wanted to get in shape.
Bre – I wanted to do pull ups and handstand push-ups within my first year.
Have you achieved any of those goals…
Josh – Yes, and still working on it. I’m happy with my fitness, but not content
Bre – Yes both!
Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym….
Josh – It’s my therapy and keeps me sane (debatable). Therefore a better dad and husband hopefully. But it also helps socially to feel like I’m part of a community of relatively like-minded people.
Bre – Yes, Josh and I have definitely bonded over Crossfit. I love getting to workout with my husband. Before, we always did our own separate workout. Now we go to the same gym, know a lot of the same people and help and support each other with our workouts. Also, it’s really helped us feel a sense of community since we recently moved here.
Any advice for people getting started…
Josh – Everybody has good WODs and bad WODs. But the bad days are the ones that make you better, so try to get comfortable being uncomfortable (aka Embrace the suck).
Bre – There are so many new skills to learn and it can be so overwhelming, especially when you first start. Choose one thing to work on, and work on it until you get it.
Some of your recent accomplishments…
Josh – I almost beat Longo in a WOD the other day…it’s a moral victory!
Bre – Completing the open and being able to do one thing better than my husband-handstand walks!
What makes CFCR special to you?
Josh – I came from a much bigger gym, and you lose some of that community feel when it gets that big. I feel like a real part of the CFCR community, even when I am at a class that’s not my norm. And I love my 5:30a class…it’s like a freak show of fitness and always pushes me. Never content!
Bre – Our entire family comes to CFCR every week and we all love it (including my boys in the daycare). It’s a huge part of our lives and it feels like home!